Kashin In: The Raw is Mother Nature’s Worst Enemy Edition (4-6-2015)

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Hello everyone and welcome to another edition of Ka$hin In with Keila Ca$h. Tonight’s episode of Raw emanated from the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. This week’s show would give us a clear indication of what’s hot and what’s not in WWE. With Brock Lesnar indefinitely suspended/vacationing on his John Deere Tractor in Minnesota, it’s important that the company keeps the main event scene interesting while the mid-card begins to heat up with John Cena and Daniel Bryan holding the Intercontinental and United States titles respectively. Will Roman Reigns continue to step up to the plate after his strong showing at WrestleMania? Most importantly, will the fans join him on his quest to become WWE World Heavyweight Champion by working his way from the bottom to the top? The answer to these pressing questions can be found throughout this blog. Without further ado, let’s dissect tonight’s episode of Raw in no particular order.

  • That doesn’t sound like Michael Cole on commentary. Holy crap! WWE actually showed restraint by holding off Cole’s return for another week or two. Wise move. Seeing him back seven days after he received the biggest ass kicking of his career would have made John Cena look like a mere mortal in comparison.
  • Plus, The Authority has the week off. Too bad they couldn’t take Big Show and Kane with them to help babysit their daughters.
  • Seth Rollins gets major brownie points for raking Kane over the coals in the nicest way possible by pointing out that the Big Red Corporate Monster didn’t do anything of value at WrestleMania last Sunday. At least he was there to collect a paycheck.
  • It appears that Rollins is not a fan of Kane’s decision making when it comes to tonight’s show. The Director of Operations booked a Triple Threat Match between Randy Orton, Ryback, and Roman Reigns to determine the number one contender for Rollins’ WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Also, all three men would see singles actions prior to the main event to ensure that they go into the match battered and wounded.
  • This was a decent way to set up the focal point of the show. Seeing another Triple Threat Match is bordering on redundancy, but it should be solid nonetheless considering the talent involved.
  • The Spawn of Eric Bischoff has returned.
  • Due to interference from Mother Nature, I was unable to cover a large chunk of the show. Therefore, I will be playing a game of catchup by providing the following quick thoughts on Rollins vs. Neville, Cena vs. Stardust, and Naomi & Paige vs. The Bella Twins.
  • Rollins vs. Neville had a solid match. I have mixed feelings about this bout taking place. A match between these two incredible wrestlers should take place on a bigger stage with greater buildup. Plus, seeing Neville lose to the WWE World Heavyweight Champion doesn’t do him a lot of favors. Sure, J&J Security played a role in the finish, but it takes a little luster off a potential rematch in the future. Fortunately, both men held back a bit which helped preserve the specialness of a return bout down the road. Rollins dominated most of the match while Neville had a couple of hope spots before ultimately getting nailed with a Curb Stomp by Rollins. It was a nice showing for Neville and I can bury his loss in the back of my mind because I have to believe that he has a bright future ahead of him if WWE books him properly.
  • John Cena vs. Stardust for the United States Championship was very good. The action was clean and Stardust showed grit and great athleticism throughout. His spiked DDT to Cena was beautiful and sick after each replay. Cena’s use of the back springboard stunner appears to be a permanent part of his arsenal and it looks pretty damn impressive. The Champ defeated Stardust with the AA to close out a very competitive bout for the U.S. Title. Cena’s weekly open challenge for the U.S. Title is smart. It allows different people to step up to the plate and prove that they can compete on a high level with Cena. The outcome is almost never in doubt, but it does leave room for an upset to take place if Cena underestimates his opponent one fateful night. It’s a simple formula that produces strong matches and effectively put over the champion/championship simultaneously. It’s a win-win.
  • The Divas match was ugly. The end. This was a sharp decline compared to the stronger television matches the ladies have had over the past few weeks.
  • Roman Reigns defeats The Big Show with three Superman Punches and a Spear. I really hope this is the last time both men face each other. At least the crowd was receptive towards Reigns. Is it a sign of things to come since Mania season is in the books? Time will tell.
  • Randy Orton officially wins the right to face Rollins at Extreme Rules for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. However, The Viper didn’t get a chance to celebrate his victory because Rollins greeted him with a Curb Stomp. The Triple Threat Match that also featured Ryback and Reigns was solid. Nothing spectacular happened, but each man held his own fairly well. The Authority made their presence known midway through the match as they watched the action unfold in the ring from the main stage. They eventually made their way down the entrance ramp, but Reigns greeted the welcoming committee with a dive over the top rope. However, Big Show recovered and nailed Reigns with a couple of knock out punches. Meanwhile, Orton got his hands on Rollins and attempted to nail him with a Draping DDT from the second rope. J&J Security intervened, but Ryback quickly took them out. Orton capitalized on the mayhem and hit Ryback with an RKO to pick up the win.
  • I guess WWE had to use the triple threat bout as a way to ease Orton into the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match without gift wrapping the title shot to him. It made sense and I liked how Reigns escaped without getting pinned. The prospect of seeing Reigns vs. Big Show sucks, but it makes sense because they have never been involved in a one-on-one match at a PPV. Let’s hope that this longstanding rivalry finally come to a close in a few weeks. Fingers crossed.
  • The buildup to Orton vs. Rollins should be fun. They had a very good match at WrestleMania and I expect both men to bring it in their title match with some type of extreme rules stipulation attached. I expect carnage and mayhem from both men. Let’s hope the hype matches my lofty expectations.
  • Overall, I thought this was a decent episode of Raw. Since I had to deal with technical difficulties during a large portion of the show, I can’t offer my complete thoughts on the broadcast as a whole. It should be noted that the crowd was tepid most of the night. However, the in-ring action didn’t exactly give them anything to really be excited about. Cena vs. Stardust wins best match of the night honors while the other bouts ranged from decent to subpar at best
  • The company might be in cruise control as they head overseas to the United Kingdom for the next couple of weeks. I don’t want them to squander the momentum they built last week, though. That’s why it is vital not to read too much into the Mania crowd because it is not a barometer for how hot the product is. We have to see how different crowds react each week and how WWE positions the talent from a booking standpoint. It goes hand in hand. This week offered mixed results, but it’s too early to hit the panic button. It takes time and patience. It’s a virtue that’s hard to master, but not impossible to achieve. We shall see how the fans and WWE respond in the coming weeks. It should be interesting to say the least.

On that note, this wraps up another installment of Ka$hin In with Keila Ca$h. I hope you enjoyed it and I will be back next week with a brand new blog. I shall leave you with “A Moment with Daria and Jane.” See you later, boys and girls!

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